Sunday’s Senior Sampler: Sweets and Songs served two main purposes. One, to raise money for the senior class gift, a seating area on the west side of Northlawn. Two, the event provided a fantastic opportunity for the many musicians in the senior class to showcase their talents at one event.
The event, held in Martin Chapel, featured a variety of musical styles on different instruments and vocals. The concert began with several classical numbers, which highlighted several Seniors’ ability to play fast-paced and difficult pieces while also setting a more formal tone for the evening.
Next, the mood lightened with some show tunes performed by music majors who have perfected the art of stepping into the role of theatrical characters.
The final section of the concert featured modern and pop songs, bringing in skilled Seniors from outside of the music department. Lauren Gibson, Senior, brought the house down with her soulful rendition of “No Ways Tired,” as sung by Fontella Bass.
The concert attracted a wide variety of attendees, from family members to faculty to students to community members. Immediately following the musical portion, the Seniors provided a banquet of deliciously rich desserts and a time of fellowship. Audience members eagerly congratulated the Seniors that they had come to support while lining up to fill their plates with food.
As a First-Year (Lauren) who knew most of the Seniors only as acquaintances, I thoroughly enjoyed the event. Each of the performers brought a unique ability to the overall performance and I appreciated the variety that the concert had to offer in terms of musical style. The event raised over 500 dollars toward the Senior Class Gift. With the contributions made at Sunday’s event, the class has met their goal of raising 2013 dollars which will be matched by a generous local donor.
Darian Harnish and Lauren Sauder